How To...Turn Drop Cloths into Curtains

How To...Turn Drop Cloths into Curtains

Heather Blaha
Sep 18, 2006

After months of wanting to replace our broken (and ugly) bi-fold closet doors, we finally just removed them altogether. Then, for another month or so, we sat on ideas of how to cover them while we went a little nuts looking at the closet's contents on a daily basis. We didn't really want new doors; we couldn't decide on a curtain solution; we wanted something that would change the look of the room entirely (this room is our office/guest room). After shooting Emily and Scott's house tour, our idea of a closet curtain was given a new twist with their Marimekko tablecloths turned into hanging panels.

Then we came across "6 Ways of Looking at a Drop Cloth" in the Fall issue of Blueprint, one of the most down-to-earth, unperfect glimpses into the Blueprint "lifestyle" (and one of the reasons we'll continue to check out this mag). Like Maxwell's 2004 post on How To Hang Curtains Across Any Space, our project followed the same guidelines and basic materials - we just added drop cloths from Home Depot into the mix for a floor-to-ceiling room transformation and closet concealing effect:

Goal: To conceal a closet that previously had nonfunctioning, unattractive bi-fold doors; Conceal the small laundry closet right next to it as well, which still had bi-fold doors (no need to look at something we don't like). This would be a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling curtain.

- Three 5'6" x 8'9" drop cloths ($9.97 each at Home Depot)
- Grommet kit (with easy to follow instructions on adding grommets to drop cloths)
- 1/16" thick wire cable with ferrules and stops
- Turnbuckle
- Hooks/eyes
- Toggle bolts

Our method was essentially the same as Maxwell's. It's best to anchor your hardware into studs, but if your walls are hollow, make sure to have the appropriate anchors to handle the weight of the cable/curtain. Also, it is helpful to a have second set of hands when hanging the curtains, threading the cable, and tightening the cable (any slack should get taken in by the turnbuckle).

Before tackling this, we threw the drop cloths in the dryer, but those things still have crazy wrinkles. We're hoping a steamer might help...

Any similar projects lurking out there or other helpful instructions??

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